If you want to understand what an absolute position of weakness the Republican minority is working from (which makes the suckitude of the Democrats even more inexplicable), check out today’s antics from the Grand Old Party:
House Republican leaders introduced a resolution Monday condemning a full-page newspaper ad from MoveOn.org that criticizes the character of Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of U.S. troops in Iraq.
The resolution, authored by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), is cosponsored by 11 Republicans, including Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs panel.
“The despicable attack MoveOn.org launched against General Petraeus today should be condemned by all Members of Congress, including the Democratic leadership,” Boehner said. “I urge Members on both sides of the aisle to join in support of this resolution so the House speaks with one voice rejecting the character assassination tactics employed by this extremist group.”
That is it. The current GOP is a snivelling, brain-dead, spineless group of sewer trout, always focussed on political advantage, never paying a lick of attention to what really matters. In the aftermath of Petraeus’s lame and essentially fact-free testimony (BUT HE HAD CHARTS!), they are not focusing on on the hard decisions that need to be made, they are not soul-searching and trying to determine their role in this mess. That would make too much sense. Instead, they are doing what they always do- lashing out, trying to achieve one more temporary little political victory.
Condemning MoveOn won’t save one god damned life in Iraq. It will, however, make the dead-enders they represent giggle like a self-satisfied toddler on the pot.
Personally, I don’t support the rhetoric in the ad. Just like I didn’t support Kerry being called a traitor, or Durbin being called a traitor, and so on. However, apparently this ad is such a big deal, and a fringe group calling Petraeus Betray Us is such a problem, that we should get to the bottom of it. As early as March of this year, a commenter at Outside the Beltway
(I can not find the link right now) noted that Petraeus was dubbed Betray Us by his troops because of his ability to self promote, among other things.
So here is what needs to be done, wingnuttosphere, to support your Congressmen in their denunciation of MoveOn. We need a full-on Beauchamp. We need to find and root out the soldiers who may have referred to Petraeus this way, because clearly they are not patriots.
This should not be hard- just get the Army records of who has served with him, and start asking soldiers. I have it on good authority that soldiers never lie. So come on, Michael Goldfarb. Come on, Confederate Yankee. Your country and your party need you.
We need to do this so the truth can get out.